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Luke 10:1

    Luke 10:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, where he himself would come.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself was about to come.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now after these things, the Lord made selection of seventy others and sent them before him, two together, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.

    Webster's Revision

    Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself was about to come.

    World English Bible

    Now after these things, the Lord also appointed seventy others, and sent them two by two ahead of him into every city and place, where he was about to come.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now after these things the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself was about to come.

    Definitions for Luke 10:1

    Whither - Where; which place.

    Clarke's Commentary on Luke 10:1

    The Lord appointed other seventy - Rather, seventy others, not other seventy, as our translation has it, which seems to intimate that he had appointed seventy before this time, though, probably, the word other has a reference to the twelve chosen first: he not only chose twelve disciples to be constantly with him; but he chose seventy others to go before him. Our blessed Lord formed every thing in his Church on the model of the Jewish Church; and why? Because it was the pattern shown by God himself, the Divine form, which pointed out the heavenly substance which now began to be established in its place. As he before had chosen twelve apostles, in reference to the twelve patriarchs, who were the chiefs of the twelve tribes, and the heads of the Jewish Church, he now publicly appointed (for so the word ανεδειξεν means) seventy others, as Moses did the seventy elders whom he associated with himself to assist him in the government of the people. Exodus 18:19; Exodus 24:1-9. These Christ sent by two and two:

    1. To teach them the necessity of concord among the ministers of righteousness.

    2. That in the mouths of two witnesses every thing might be established. And,

    3. That they might comfort and support each other in their difficult labor. See on Mark 6:7 (note).

    Several MSS. and versions have seventy-two. Sometimes the Jews chose six out of each tribe: this was the number of the great Sanhedrin. The names of these seventy disciples are found in the margin of some ancient MSS., but this authority is questionable.

    Barnes' Notes on Luke 10:1

    After these things - After the appointment of the twelve apostles, and the transactions recorded in the previous chapters.

    Other seventy - Seventy others besides the apostles. They were appointed for a different purpose from the apostles. The apostles were to be with him; to hear his instructions; to be witnesses of his miracles, his sufferings, his death, his resurrection and ascension, that they might "then" go and proclaim all these things to the world. The seventy were sent out to preach immediately, and chiefly where he himself was about to come. They were appointed for a temporary object. They were to go into the villages and towns, and prepare the way for his coming. The number "seventy" was a favorite number among the Jews. Thus, the family of Jacob that came into Egypt consisted of seventy, Genesis 46:27. The number of elders that Moses appointed to aid him was the same, Numbers 11:16, Numbers 11:25. The number which composed the great Sanhedrin, or council of the nation. was the same. It is not improbable that our Saviour appointed this number with reference to the fact that it so often occurred among the Jews, or after the example of Moses, who appointed seventy to aid him in his work; but it is evident that the office was "temporary" - that it had a specific design - and of course that it would be improper to attempt to find now a "continuation" of it, or a parallel to it, in the Christian ministry.

    Two and two - There was much wisdom in sending them in this manner. It was done, doubtless, that they might aid one another by mutual counsel, and that they might sustain and comfort one another in their persecutions and trials. Our Lord in this showed the propriety of having "a religious friend," who would be a confidant and help. Every Christian, and especially every Christian minister, needs such a friend, and should seek some one to whom he can unbosom himself, and with whom he can mingle his feelings and prayers.